Keeping the roof shingles on your house from fading is essential for several reasons. When the roof on a house is faded and shabby-looking, it can bring down the resale value and reduce the curb appeal if you’re trying to sell the property. Even if you are not putting your home on the market, a roof with faded shingles might make your house stand out in the neighborhood – and not in a good way.
The solution to faded shingles is finding residential roofing contractors to give you a bid for roof installation services. However, before you pay for a new roof or repairs, here are some crucial things to know about preventing new roof shingles from fading.
Why Roof Shingles Fade
The roof of your home is your first line of defense against the elements, and the roof gets severe exposure to sun, rain, wind, ice, and snow. Unfortunately, these forces of nature ultimately lead to the fading of the roofing material’s color, and often the fading is uneven and patchy for several reasons.
Shingle Quality And Color Fading
While multiple factors lead to the fading of roof shingles, one of the most significant is the quality of the roofing material. High-quality composite shingles retain their color the best over time, and lower-quality roofing materials are the most likely to fade.
Also, suppose some areas of the roof were patched at some point. In that case, the new roofing material might not be of the same quality and durability as the original roof, leading to different fading rates.
In addition, the original color of the shingles plays a role in how fast the color fades. For example, darker colored shingles are prone to fading more rapidly than lighter colors.
So by choosing a high-quality roof shingle brand, the color is most resistant to fading. In addition, an experienced and professional roofing contractor has the connections for finding new, high-quality shingles at the best cost.
Roof Age Is A Factor In Fading
Asphalt and composite roofs typically have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, and the longer a roof is in service, the more it fades, even if the shingles were high-quality to start.
Exposure To UV Radiation And Color Fading
Exposure to UV radiation and sunlight plays an enormous role in how fast the color of a roof fades.
For example, south-facing areas of the roof receive stronger sunlight and UV radiation, leading to faster deterioration of the roof’s color. Conversely, parts of the roof that face north receive little exposure to these elements, and they are likely to keep their original color for longer.
Shade Leads To Uneven Fading
Another factor is shade from nearby trees and structures. The shadow of a tree or nearby building can shield areas of the roof from direct or intense exposure to sun, UV radiation, and harsh weather, protecting the color from deterioration as time passes. For this reason, variable amounts of shade on the roof can lead to patchy fading of the shingles.
Acid Rain, Mold, And Dirt Contribute To Faded Shingles
Other factors contributing to shingles’ fading are:
- Acid rain.
- Mold and algae growth.
- Dirt and debris blown onto the roof and remaining there.
One way to protect a roof from uneven fading is to regularly remove leaves, mold, and other debris from the roof surface.
Solutions For Faded Roof Shingles
If the shingles on your roof are losing their original color, you might not need to replace the entire roof. If some areas have faded more than others due to UV exposure and weather conditions, your roof might only need partial replacement to make your home look fabulous again.
An experienced roofing contractor might be able to match shingle colors and install new roofing materials on part of the roof to blend it in with other areas that might not need replacement. In addition, a local contractor has valuable information and knowledge about climate conditions that help when selecting the best brand of replacement roofing materials and adequately installing them. The best way to prevent color fading of a shingle roof is to hire a professional roofing contractor to install high-quality replacement roofing materials matched to your local climate conditions and roof exposure.
Getting Help Replacing Faded Roof Shingles
If your roof has faded, shabby-looking shingles, contact RGB Construction and find out about our roof installation services. We serve multiple areas in New Jersey and Delaware, so call us today at 856-264-9093, and we’ll work with you to find the best solution for the faded roof shingles on your house.